Why Our Website Will Go Dark on July 27
Forty years ago this summer, 11 athletes and coaches from the Israeli Olympic team were brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
Stunningly, the mass murder of Israelis – captured around the world on television and radio – did not merit canceling or even delaying the games. As Israel and Jews around the world mourned, the Games went on.
Sadly, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) disregard for Israeli victims of terror has not changed in 40 years. Despite requests from governments around the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Australia and Canada, a petition campaign and social media efforts, the IOC has refused to honor the slain Israelis with one minute of silence during the opening ceremony for the London Games.
We in the Jewish community, however, will not forget them.
The Israel Advocacy webpage, along with JCRC Boston and other organizations around the country, will go dark on Friday, July 27, the same day that the world celebrates the opening of the London Summer Olympics. It’s our tribute to Israelis who came to Munich in the spirit of cooperation and tolerance. They deserve to be remembered.